November 15th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks
When you assign a PokemonGo buddy, it walks with you and collects candies on the way. Candies are helpful when you want to power up, or evolve a pokemon of the same kind. I chose Snorlax as my buddy because Snorlax is very rare and buddying Snorlax is one slow but sure way to collect enough candies to power up my Snorlax for gym battles.
When you reach your goal and have collected enough candies, you can swap your buddy for someone else. Current progress will be lost but any candies that you already collected are yours to keep.
If your goal is evolutions, as opposed to power ups, then the easiest way to choose your best buddy is to write down all the pokemon you still don’t have, and the amount of candies required for each evolution. You can then work out how many kilometers you need to walk to get there, using PokemonGo Buddy Candy Distance Chart.
I am currently level 26 and here’s my list of pokemon that I still don’t have but can get by walking a buddy (as opposed to catching them in the wild):
|Ivysaur||8 more Bulbasaur candies||24 km|
|Venusaur||100 Bulbasaur candies||300 km|
|Charizard||83 Charmander candies||249 km|
|Blastoise||71 Squirtle candies||213 km|
|Arbok||26 Ekans candies||78 km|
|Ninetales||27 Vulpix candies||81 km|
|Wigglytuff||5 Jigglypuff candies||5 km|
|Dugtrio||35 Diglett candies||105 km|
|Arcanine||17 Growlithe candies||51 km|
|Alakazam||91 Kadabra candies||273 km|
|Machamp||60 Machoke candies||180 km|
|Golem||100 Graveler candies||100 km|
|Rapidash||28 Ponyta candies||84 km|
|Dodrio||50 Doduo candies||150 km|
|Muk||47 Grimer candies||141 km|
|Electrode||36 Voltorb candies||108 km|
|Exeggutor||28 Exeggcute candies||84 km|
|Weezing||21 Koffing candies||63 km|
|Gyarados||25 Magikarp candies||25 km|
|Kabutops||27 Kabuto candies||135 km|
|Dragonite||62 Dratini candies||310 km|
So, in my case, my closest bets to new evolutions are Jigglypuff, Bulbasaur and Magikarp. Growlithe is also an attractive choice because Arcanine would be very helpful in gym battles, so I reckon he’s well worth the 51km of walking.
Can You Place Your PokemonGo Buddy at a Gym?
Your buddy follows you everywhere. Unfortunately this means that you can’t assign him to the gym as a defender. You can still use your buddy in battles, though.
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